September’s Green Fire Times: Envisioning a Sustainable Urban Village


Sustainability is a Puzzle of 1000 Pieces. As we rearrange the pieces to design a Sustainable Urban Village (SUV), Green Fire Times asked the paradigm shifting questions…

“What would make a SUV such a great place, you’d move in?!   What are the best practices emerging in your field, and how can we rearrange these puzzle pieces for maximum affordability and beauty?”

As you’re contemplating your puzzle pieces and gathering your thoughts, click on and read some that were shared by your fellow New Mexicans in the September issue of the Green Fire Times posted here.

Share your thoughts on the issues raised. Share your ideas on sustainability in Santa Fe and region. Continue the discussion!

Pass the word to your friends. Together we can make sustainable real!

Envisioning a Sustainable Urban Village: A Puzzle of 1000 Pieces by Brian Skeele

Sustainability is a Puzzle of 1000 Pieces.  As we rearrange the pieces to design a Sustainable Urban Village (SUV),  Green Fire Times quest associate editor Brian Skeele (yours truly) got to ask the paradigm shifting questions…What would make a SUV such a great place, you’d move in?!   What are the best practices emerging in your field,and how can we rearrange these puzzle pieces for maximum affordability and beauty?… READ MORE >>

Tales of a Time Traveler: How This Future CameTo Be by John Goekler

John Goekler hopped aboard the time machine and reported back from his future life in a Sustainable Urban Village  READ MORE >>

A “Think and Do Tank” to Fan the Embers of the Emerging Sustainable Economy by Brian Skeele

The times call for an atmosphere that is conducive to economic innovation. How can we work together to create a thriving local/regional, resilient, innovative, sustainable economy?

Several months ago, a group of us met in Santa Fe to brainstorm a “Think and Do Tank,” an interdisciplinary, affordable, innovation/fabrication lab to support turning creative, social, economic and ecological ideas into real jobs. This will require tinkering, rapid prototyping, testing and bringing to market sustainable, beneficial tools, processes and products…. READ MORE >>

Gussing of the Southwest: Rising to the Challenge and Reaping the Benefits by Brian Skeele

Santa Fe could be the sustainability ecotourist destination, the “Gussing of the Southwest”!  “Gussing will no longer pay $8 million a year for imported fossil fuels” proclaimed the mayor of this Austrian town of 4000. Since the declaration, the town has gone to homegrown green fuels and heating, and 50 companies have relocated there. 1000 jobs have been created. READ MORE >>

Eco-Park Comes to Santa Fe feat. Alfonz Viszolay by Seth Roffman

Alfonz Viszolay and Lenny Koval are bringing innovation to local energy production, and more.Their Eko-Val Energy Park is an algae oil farm, a dairy farm, vegetable truck farm, a power station,  and a classroom all synergistically looped together! READ MORE >>

Imagining a Sustainable Urban Village by Stephanie Hiller

Our world is changing radically, yet we struggle to stay the same. We face multiple threats to our continuance: dwindling supplies of oil, gas, and various metals; diminishing access to pure drinking water; strange weather and rising temperatures; spreading pollution and the ever present threat of nuclear war.

How can we respond to these overwhelming challenges, and survive? Avoidance will not produce the answers we seek; neither, apparently, will our government. We need to begin to have this conversation,… READ MORE >>

What Does a Healthy Community in a Sustainable Urban Village Look Like? by Kathleen Benecke

A person with a healthy lifestyle should pay lower healthcare premiums, just like a non-smoker does. Kathleen Benecke reports this is just one of the cost-savings ideas that came out of a care providers brainstorming. READ MORE >>

Commons Vignettes, or 144 Reasons to Live in Community compiled by Ken Hughes

The Commons on the Alameda is a 28 home clustered, co-housing compound in Santa Fe. With parking on the perimeter,  a delightful pedestrian path connects a series of placitas. (editor note * with more space online, the GFT article 101 Reasons to live in Community has expanded..Enjoy! 

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Transitioning Santa Fe by Elizabeth Christine

We are currently facing the end of what might be called The Age of Cheap Oil.  This brief age has been the most exciting and innovative period in our human history as humans discovered thousands of ways to use fossil fuels to better our lives.  The stored power within oil allows us to accomplish a hundred times more work than we can accomplish without it.  Because of this increased power, life on planet earth experienced radical change over the last 160 years… READ MORE >>